Jinkx Monsoon
Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon Extends Run in Chicago on Broadway

It was revealed today that actress, vocalist, and two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will extend her run in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton for 14 more performances only, Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 26, at the Ambassador Theatre.

“The kids are saying ‘she ate,’ so I figured, I might as well have seconds,” said Jinkx Monsoon. “In all seriousness, playing for standing-room-only crowds throughout my run as Mama has got my mind blown and my heart full. Audiences from all over the world have generously brought so much joy to this show. The Chicago cast has become my family, and I’ve made friends for life. I’m super excited for what the rest of the year holds, but first, I’m gonna keep feeling my oats on the Broadway stage.”

Jinkx made her Broadway debut in the role of “Matron ‘Mama’ Morton” on Monday, January 16, 2023, making history by becoming the first drag queen to play the role on Broadway.

Chicago features a score by the legendary composing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The current revival was directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking. The production includes a set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, and lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

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